Elementary Turkish I: TURK 1001 (4 hours)

FALL 2009

Instructor: Mr. Emrah Özcan, Religion Dept., UGA

Class hours: MW 3:35 – 4:25 pm Peabody Hall 205C; and TuTh 3:30 – 4:20 pm Peabody Hall 205C

Office: Peabody Hall, Room #22; Tel: 706-542-5356; Office hours: Tuesday 14:00-15:00 and by appointment.




Course Description:

The course is designed for students who are interested in learning about other cultures and languages, and who have no previous knowledge of Turkish language. This course mainly introduces the student to Turkish language, thorough the development of the basic skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The ultimate goal of the course is that students will gain awareness and appreciation of and insight into the Turkish culture through learning Turkish.

By the end of the course, the students will

1.     be able to comprehend simple sentences in Turkish;

2.     be able to speak beginner level Turkish, producing sentences for introducing themselves, carrying on meaningful conversation, shopping or asking for assistance, etc;

3.     have and use a basic Turkish vocabulary range and will be able to conjugate for case, person, and present tense;

4.     have developed and used language learning strategies that will help not only with improving their Turkish, but with learning other languages too.


You will have a course book at the University Bookstore.

Elementary Turkish: A complete Course for Beginners (Turk Dilleri Arastirmalari Dizisi) by Kurtulus Oztopcu (Oz)


Your text has an accompanying CD; you will be assigned homework from it. You must work extensively with it in order to learn how to speak Turkish and understand spoken Turkish. 

Additional materials will be distributed to the students throughout the session as necessary.

You may make use of the following for self-study purposes (more URLs will be available on the blog):

ü     The official Website of Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism:

ü     Online Turkish-English Dictionary:



Class Participation and attendance                                                                           10%

Homework (including flashcards) and writing assignments                          20%

Vocabulary quizzes* (5@ 3% each) on Mondays                                                     15%

Quizzes* (5@ 5% each) on Thursdays                                                                      25%

Midterm                                                                                                                    15%

Final Exam                                                                                                                15%

(The final is cumulative and is based on the lessons, including vocabulary, and class materials; we will review for the final exam during the last week of class.)

*Quizzes are on the following weeks 4th, 7th, 10th, 11th and 13th but please note that there may also be pop-quizzes anytime!


Grading: 90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, and less than 60 = F


Studying, Self-testing, and Flashcards:

Researchers in higher education agree that for students to learn, they need to study at least two hours outside of class for every one hour of class per week. This is particularly true if you want to learn a language.  Since you have four hours of class per week, you should therefore plan to study outside of class at least 8 hours each week for this class.


For language learning, self-testing is a must.  For this, flashcards for vocabulary and points of grammar are a useful method.  In addition, ideally you should get a study partner with whom you can practice speaking.


Attendance and Participation:

All students are expected to attend each class and to focus on the course in class (not on things extraneous to the course). Class attendance is absolutely necessary.

Students will be allowed 4 absences for any reason, including sports and other school or personal events. Such excuses (illness, family problems, etc.) are to be e-mailed to the instructor, but it is completely at his disposal to accept them or not. After the 4 absences, each absence will result in 1% reduction of the final grade.

There will be 5 brief vocabulary quizzes (no more than ten words each) on Mondays  and a lesson quiz (15-20 minutes) on Thursdays at the aforementioned weeks. Please note that no make-up quizzes or tests will be given without a physician’s or dean’s excuse. Late assignments will also result in a 1% reduction of your final grade for this course. The final exam is scheduled for Mon., Dec. 14, 3:30 - 6:30 pm.  This cannot be changed unless you have a total of three exams on that day.

Absolutely no cell phones (or other communication devices) are to be used in class, as these are highly disruptive. This includes silently checking your messages or sending text messages! If you violate this policy, you will be counted as absent for that day without notice. No exceptions!


 While Learning Turkish,

ü     Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. It is impossible to learn a language without making them and being corrected.

ü     Use what you learn as soon as you have a chance.

ü     Review previous lessons frequently, and make your own vocabulary notebook which will help you control your learning.

ü     Participate in group repetition in class. It may seem mechanical, but it helps to build the skills needed for individual speech.

ü     Open your mind to the different and to the new. Not only Turkish, but every language has its own mentality, and comparing it to English will not help. Also try to avoid any prejudices and preconceptions.

ü     Do not let any interruption break the continuity of your involvement with the Turkish language.

ü     Remember this may lead to an interesting career opportunity one day…

ü     Enjoy yourself!



1.     Week 1: August 17-20; Oz, ch.1, pp. 2-13

1.1.  Topics:

1.1.1.     General information about Turkey

1.1.2.     Alphabet and Pronunciation

1.1.3.      Classroom expressions

1.2.  Functions:

1.2.1.     Learning about Turkey and the culture

1.2.2.     Learning about the alphabet

1.2.3.     Using basic expressions in the classroom

2.     Week 2: August 24-27; Oz, ch.2, pp. 16-37

2.1.  Topics:

2.1.1.     Greetings,

2.1.2.     Farewells,

2.1.3.     Naming objects in the classroom

2.2.  Functions:

2.2.1.     Greeting people

2.2.2.     Saying goodbye

2.2.3.     Asking about health and well-being

2.2.4.     Thanking

2.2.5.     Apologizing

2.3.  Grammar:

2.3.1.     Vowel harmony – I

2.3.2.     Personal pronouns

2.3.3.     Present tense statements with the verb to be

2.3.4.     Demonstratives

2.3.5.     Negation with değil

2.3.6.     Negation of the present tense verb to be

2.3.7.     The conjunctions ve, ile, ama

3.      Week 3: August 31- Sept 3; Oz, ch.3, pp. 40-67

3.1.  Topics:

3.1.1.     Introductions

3.1.2.     Names

3.1.3.     Greetings

3.1.4.     Numbers

3.1.5.     Locations

3.2.  Functions:

3.2.1.     Introducing oneself

3.2.2.     Introducing other people

3.2.3.     Asking for and giving personal information

3.2.4.     Greeting people

3.2.5.     Asking yes / no questions

3.2.6.     Asking directions

3.2.7.     Expressing location

3.3.  Grammar:

3.3.1.     Vowel harmony – II

3.3.2.     Plurals of nouns

3.3.3.     Forming questions

3.3.4.     Question words: ne, kim, nasıl

3.3.5.     Yes / no questions with the present tense verb to be

3.3.6.     The locative case

3.3.7.     Nerede, burada, şurada, orada

3.3.8.     Long consonants

3.3.9.     The derivative suffixes +lI, +sIz

4.     Week 4: Monday Sept. 7 Labor Day holiday; classes Sept. 8-10; Oz, ch.4, pp. 70-91

4.1.  Topics:

4.1.1.     Nationalities

4.1.2.     Cities and countries

4.1.3.     Colors

4.2.  Functions:

4.2.1.     Introduction

4.2.2.     Asking people where they are from

4.2.3.     Expressing possession

4.2.4.     Asking for and giving personal information

4.3.  Grammar:

4.3.1.     The derivative suffix +lI

4.3.2.     Consonant alternations: -p, -ç, -t, -k in final position

4.3.3.     The genitive case

4.3.4.     The interrogative pronoun: kimin

4.3.5.     Possessive suffixes

4.3.6.     The article dA

4.3.7.     Or questions with the verb to be

4.3.8.     The infinitive

5.     Week 5: Sept. 14-17 -- Review of Units 1-4; Oz, ch.5, pp. 94-102

6.     Week 6: Sept. 21-24; Oz, ch.6, pp. 104-128

6.1.  Topics:

6.1.1.     Activities

6.1.2.     Education

6.1.3.     Addresses

6.1.4.     Occupations

6.2.  Functions:

6.2.1.     Asking about activities

6.2.2.     Describing activities

6.2.3.     Asking for and giving personal information

6.2.4.     Exchanging addresses and phone numbers

6.3.  Grammar:

6.3.1.     Finite verbs

6.3.2.     Negation

6.3.3.     The present progressive tense (affirmative, negative)

6.3.4.     The dative case

6.3.5.     The derivative suffix +CI

7.     Week 7: Sept. 28-Oct. 1; Oz, ch.7, pp. 130-152

7.1.  Topics:

7.1.1.     Locations

7.1.2.     Home

7.1.3.     Activities

7.1.4.     Shopping

7.1.5.     Age

7.2.  Functions:

7.2.1.     Asking about locations

7.2.2.     Describing locations

7.2.3.     Expressing possession

7.2.4.     Talking about food and prices

7.2.5.     Giving orders

7.2.6.     Making requests

7.2.7.     Asking about activities

7.2.8.     Describing activities

7.2.9.     Asking about age

7.3.  Grammar:

7.3.1.     Var / yok sentences

7.3.2.     The verb to have

7.3.3.     Kaç and tane

7.3.4.     The imperative

8.     Week 8: Oct. 5-8; Oz, ch.8, pp. 154-175

8.1.  Topics:

8.1.1.     Families

8.1.2.     Relatives

8.1.3.     Activities

8.2.  Functions:

8.2.1.     Asking about and describing families

8.2.2.     Asking about activities

8.2.3.     Describing acitivities

8.2.4.     Asking about wishes

8.2.5.     Expressing wishes

8.2.6.     Describing persons and objects

8.3.  Grammar:

8.3.1.     Negative questions with the verb to be

8.3.2.     The present progressive tense, the interrogative

8.3.3.     –mAk iste-

8.3.4.     Adjectives

8.3.5.     Medial vowel loss

8.3.6.     The derivative suffix +lIK

9.     Week 9: Oct. 12-15; Oz, ch.9, pp. 178-204

9.1.  Topics:

9.1.1.     Languages

9.1.2.     Daily activities

9.1.3.     Leisure activities

9.1.4.     Entertainment

9.2.  Functions:

9.2.1.     Speaking about language skills

9.2.2.     Asking for personal information

9.2.3.     Talking about likes, dislikes

9.2.4.     Describing likes, dislikes

9.2.5.     Talking about hobbies

9.3.  Grammar:

9.3.1.     The derivative suffix +CA

9.3.2.     The ablative case

9.3.3.     The accusative case

9.3.4.     Definite and indefinite direct objects

9.3.5.     sev-, beğen-, hoşlan-, hoşuna git-

9.3.6.     Vowel lengthening in word stems

9.3.7.     European loanwords in Turkish

10.  Week 10: Oct. 19-22 -- Review of Units 6-9; Oz, ch.10, pp. 206-212

11.  Week 11: Oct. 26-29; Oz, ch.11, pp. 214-235

11.1.                Topics:

11.1.1. Dates and times

11.1.2. Units of time, days, months, seasons

11.1.3. Daily activities

11.1.4. Cultural events

11.1.5. Entertainment

11.2.                Functions:

11.2.1. Asking the time

11.2.2. Telling the time

11.2.3. Making daily / weekly schedules

11.3.                Grammar:

11.3.1. Adverbs of time

11.3.2. The genitive-possessive compound

11.3.3. Compound nouns

11.3.4. The buffer consonant n

12.  Week 12: Nov. 2-5; Oz, ch.12, pp. 240-267

12.1.                Topics:

12.1.1. Sports and exercise

12.1.2. Recreation

12.1.3. Prices and shopping

12.1.4. Numbers

12.1.5. Daily activities

12.1.6. Birthdays

12.2.                Functions:

12.2.1. Asking about and describing sports activities

12.2.2. Asking about likes, dislikes

12.2.3. Describing likes, dislikes

12.2.4. Asking about prices

12.2.5. Buying and selling things

12.2.6. Bargaining

12.2.7. Talking about past events

12.2.8. Celebrating birthdays

12.3.                Grammar:

12.3.1. The definite past tense (affirmative and negative)

12.3.2. Ordinal numbers

12.3.3. Review of case endings

12.3.4. Primary postpositions ile, için

13.  Week 13: Nov. 9-12; Oz, ch.13, pp. 270-297

13.1.                Topics:

13.1.1. Prices and shopping

13.1.2. Daily activities

13.1.3. Education

13.1.4. Birthdays

13.2.                Functions:

13.2.1. Asking about prices

13.2.2. Buying and selling things

13.2.3. Bargaining

13.2.4. Expressing needs

13.3.                Grammar:

13.3.1. Verbal nouns –mAK, -mA

13.3.2. Expressions of necessity: gerek, lazım, gerek-, ihtiyaç, ihtiyacı ol-

13.3.3. Primary postpositions gibi, kadar

14.  Week 14: Nov. 16-19; Oz, ch.14, pp. 300-327

14.1.                Topics:

14.1.1. Places

14.1.2. Directions

14.1.3. Transportation

14.1.4. Future events

14.2.                Functions:

14.2.1. Asking about activities

14.2.2. Asking about the location of places

14.2.3. Describing location of places

14.2.4. Asking for directions

14.2.5. Giving directions

14.2.6. Getting someone’s attention

14.2.7. Talking about future events

14.3.                Grammar:

14.3.1. Secondary postpositions

14.3.2. The future tense

14.3.3. Primary postpositions doğru, göre

14.3.4. Pronunciation of initial consonant clusters

15.  Week 15: Nov. 23-27 Thanksgiving Break, no class

16.  Week 16: Nov. 30- Dec. 3 -- Review of Units 11-14; Oz, ch.1, pp. 330-338

17.  Week 17: Dec. 7 Monday last day of class -- General Review


Midterm: Thu., Oct. 8. There will be oral and written sections.

Final exam: Mon., Dec. 14, 3:30 - 6:30 pm. There will be two sections comprising your final exam grade.

a)    Written Section: You will be responsible for all topics covered throughout the semester. The questions will cover language sessions and culture topics and term paper topics. The exact date will be announced by your instructor.

b)    Oral Section: In the oral exam the students will have to show their knowledge of Turkish vocabulary with correct pronunciation, read before the instructor a short text in Turkish and answer a couple of comprehension questions about the same the text. The student may also be asked to conjugate verbs and translate words or short sentences from and to Turkish. This will take place in your instructor’s office and /or a classroom at a pre-designated time.


Note: If any difficulties arise, please do not hesitate to speak with the instructor. If that does not solve your difficulty, please consult the Critical Languages FLTA supervisor, Dr. Godlas,  (Associate Professor, Religion Dept.; and Director, Virtual Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the Islamic World)


Honesty Policy: The UGA Academic Honesty Policy will be followed. In other words, all academic work must meet the standards contained in "A Culture of Honesty." Students are responsible for informing themselves about those standards before performing any academic work. The link to more detailed information about academic honesty can be found at

Changes to this Syllabus: The instructor reserves the right to make any changes to this syllabus. The course syllabus is a general plan for the course; deviations announced to the class by the instructor may be necessary. Changes will be posted on the afore mentioned blog address.